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Bliss

Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
Length: 32 mins
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Something unsettling is stirring deep beneath the extreme happiness a young mother keeps tirelessly trying to claim for herself. Through soft-but-strong tones and pacing, award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson, CBE, is distinctive in performance of the various characters, as well as ingenious in bringing voice to the internal tensions that begin to roil a woman who senses that her husband is having an affair with a woman she herself may be in love with. Modern master Katherine Mansfield’s exploration of what "happiness" can cover over is a selection from the Bliss and Other Storiescollection.

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This is a story from the Bliss & Other Stories collection.

One of Katherine Mansfield's finest short stories, Bliss introduces us to Bertha, who experiences a sense of rapture as she reflects on her life. On her walk home one day, she is overwhelmed by a sense of bliss and contentment.

However, her joy later turns to disappointment as she discovers her husband is having an affair with her new friend Pearl.

Katherine Mansfield became well-known for her focus on psychological conflicts and complex characters; and "Bliss" displays these qualities brilliantly, exploring themes of marriage, adultery and duplicity. This set also contains five other short stories by Katherine Mansfield: "Mr Reginald Peacock's Day", "Pictures", "The Little Governess", "Feuille D'Album", and "A Dill Pickle".

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